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Marvin Dean Troutt

Marvin Dean

April 5, 1944
July 27, 2017

Funeral Celebration of Life Services Honoring Dr. Troutt will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2017 at Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval
Visitation Visiting hours 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday at Day Macz Funeral Homes in Sandoval

Marvin Dean Troutt, Ph.D., 73 of Sandoval, formerly of Carbondale, passed away July 27, 2017 at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born on April 5, 1944 at Centralia Hospital to Dean and Rebecca (Atchison) Troutt. His parents preceded him in death as did his brother Steve Troutt. Marvin was a beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Helen (Metilco) Troutt of Sandoval; sister Debbie (Troutt) Swagler and her husband Terry Swagler; three children Andrew Dean Troutt, daughter Marleen Deana (Troutt) Shepherd and her significant other Zachary Sapienza, all of Carbondale, and son Mark Metilco Troutt of Kent, OH. He also leaves behind his “favorite grandson” Isaiah J. Shepherd of Carbondale; nephew Dustin Troutt and wife Nicole of Salem; ex-wife Eileen Troutt-Ervin of Carbondale; special friend Ellie Sulcer of Sandoval; numerous cousins and extended family; and beloved pets Sarafina and Edie.

In 2015 after his father's stroke, Marvin and Helen left their life in Ohio to come home and help with his dad's needs. Marvin loved reconnecting with family and friends, and spending time with his dad until his passing in April.
Dr. Troutt received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics in 1975 and his Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics in 1971, both from University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics in 1966 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an actuary at Bankers Life & Casualty Company in Chicago, and was recognized as a fellow by the Associate of the Society of Actuaries.

Dr. Troutt began his career at SIUC in 1976 in the Department of Mathematics, then served in the Office of Institutional Research and Studies. He was the Henry J. Rehn Research Professor in Management at SIU’s College of Business from 1990-1997. He was a visiting professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at Hong Kong Polytechnic University during his one-year sabbatical at SIU. Dr. Troutt also served as the director of the Center for Information Systems at Kent State University, where he was a professor from 1998-2011.

Dr. Troutt was selected as a fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute for his outstanding contributions in the field. In 2005, he was honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award from Kent State. He was an emeritus professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Kent State University. He was also a member of Mensa and Alpha Iota Delta, the international honor society in the decision sciences and information systems. He co-authored two books while at KSU; Life Cycle Management in Supply Chains and Vertical Density Representation and its Applications. His original concept of Vertical Density Representation (VDR) was featured in the Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences. He also published over 100 refereed articles, book chapters, and proceedings. His work appeared in numerous academic journals, and has been cited more than 1,000 times. He served as associate editor of Decision Sciences Journal, the Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, and on the editorial advisory boards of Computers & Operations Research and The International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research. Dr. Troutt enjoyed mentoring and was known for bringing out the very best in his students, helping them make significant contributions to their fields.

Celebration of Life Services Honoring Dr. Troutt will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2017 at Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval with his daughter Marleen Sheperd and the Rev. Paula Comper officiating. Graveside services will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery with Pastor R.C. Merten officiating. Friends and relatives are invited to visiting hours 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday at Day Macz Funeral Homes in Sandoval.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Marvin D. Troutt Memorial Fund to benefit future SIU students. Mail to Southern Illinois University Foundation, 1235 Douglas Drive, Mail Code 6805, Carbondale, IL 62901-4308 or give online at Please designate Marvin D. Troutt Memorial Fund or call 618-453-4900.